The IRFU are pleased to confirm that seven referees have taken up professional contracts. The referees will receive dedicated coaching, analysis and support for their strength & conditioning and nutritional needs.
The seven contracted referees are Andrew Brace, George Clancy, Sean Gallagher, John Lacey, Frank Murphy, Joy Neville and David Wilkinson.
The new season kicked off on the golf course rather than the rugby pitch. On August 31st we held the combined Leinster Rugby / Leinster Rugby Referees golf outing in Milltown Golf Club. A cracking day was had by all, and the weather played its part too with a beautiful sunny day. We had 21 members and 4 guests playing in Milltown GC.
The Brindley Cup was won by Brendan Lynch with 38 points and followed closely by Mark Gargan (37 points), Peter Donnelly (33) and Bryan O’Neill (31). It is not Brendan’s first time lifting the trophy and he played some magnificent golf. David Bolger with 34 points won the Jim Dolan Memorial Plate for the best placed active member of the ARLB. Our appreciation is due to Simon ‘Nigel’ Owens who arranged the outing in conjunction with the Leinster Branch’s own competition. Conor Byrne in his presidential speech thanked all for attending and appealed to other members to support the event in the future.
It is with deep sadness that I have to advise the passing of Michael O’Dea former President ARLB 1999/00.
May he rest in peace.
Michael James O’Dea of Clonkeen Drive, Dublin 18, died suddenly but peacefully, on Tuesday, 3rd October, 2017, at Ferndene Nursing Home. Fondly remembered by his wife Ann, children Michael, Caroline, Stephen, Joseph and Jennifer together with their partners and his beloved grandchildren Sam, Molly, Tara, Eva, Luke, Finley and Rory; loving brother of Elizabeth and the late Mark, he will be sadly missed by all his family, relatives and friends.
There will be a gathering for family and friends on Thursday evening, 5th October, from 5pm to 7pm at Colliers Funeral Home, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, with prayers at 6pm. Requiem Mass on Friday, 6th October, at 10.00am in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock, followed by burial in Dean’s Grange Cemetery. Family flowers only please.
After another busy season in Leinster, the summer break was a welcome relief for all. At the end of last season Conor Byrne was elected President of the Leinster Rugby Referees taking over from David MacDonald. Conor addressed the referees AGM after his election saying :
“I am indeed extremely honoured to be elected President of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch for the 2017/18 season an Association that has been an integral part of my life over many years. Ours is an Association that is held in high esteem both far and wide and one which has and continues to make an extraordinary contribution to the very fabric of our sport.
In line with the law review timelines, the trials will begin on
1 August 2017 in the northern hemisphere and either 1 January 2017 or 1 January 2018 (for scrum and tackle/ ruck laws) in the southern hemisphere and will last for an initial period of one year.
There was a great turn out of 166 referees, assessors and others at this years annual seminar, kicking off the 2017/18 season. Pictured below are Leinster Rugby President Niall Rynne, Leinster Rugby Referees President Conor Byrne and Old Wesley President Paul Short.
Many thanks to Old Wesley for their facilities and to all our presenters on the morning.
I am indeed extremely honoured to be elected President of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch for the 2017/18 season an Association that has been an integral part of my life over many years. Ours is an Association that is held in high esteem both far and wide and one which has and continues to make an extraordinary contribution to the very fabric of our sport.
We are an Association that sets high standards for ourselves and expect our membership to act as ambassadors of our Association with behaviour that is consistent with the rugby core values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect. These are values that I know all of us hold dear to our heart and ones which I will strive to both maintain and nurture during my tenure. One could only be but extremely proud to be President of such an Association.
As with my predecessor David MacDonald I too have inherited an extremely vibrant, motivated and forward-thinking Association and one which is averse to sitting on its laurels. Our Five Year Strategic Plan [2016-2020], the implementation of which through the stewardship of both Wayne Sheridan and David MacDonald is well underway, is an example of same.
I with the invaluable assistance and stewardship of our very strong Executive Committee and the exemplary work of our Standing Committees who cover Management, Rugby, Finance and Administration as well as the tremendous contributions from all our Area Representatives would aim to build upon progress made to date.
Further to this and in line with our Strategic Plan we will strive towards both resourcing and delivering upon an even more stream-lined and effective management of our invaluable referee resource throughout the grades and a continued and enhanced focus upon recruitment and retention and the critical ‘Cradle to Grave’ principle and the continued development of our club identity.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members the very best for the 2017-18 season, wherever you officiate and in whatever capacity, and hope that you will continue to enjoy your participation, as well as being true ambassadors for the ARLB.
Welcome to another high quality edition of referees corner. If you have missed any issue, they are all available on our website www.arlb.ie. Croeso and Pob Iwc! to Nigel Owens and his Welsh Rugby Union colleagues Ian Davies and TMO Jonathon Mason and a hearty Bonjour to our good friend Romain Poite of the Fédération Française de Rugby.
We hope you have an enjoyable afternoon gentlemen and manage to get the game finished on 80 minutes with all ball boys on the field. Of course congratulations to Romain, will referee the third and final Test match between the Lions and New Zealand this summer.
Well done also to Helen O’Reilly refereed Italy v France in the Women’s Six Nations a couple of weeks ago.
The dust has settled on the Bank of Ireland sponsored Leinster Schools Senior and Junior Cups. Well done to Belvedere College on a great win in the Senior Cup. We are awaiting the replay of the Junior Cup at time of writing following the excellent 7-7 draw in the first final. Of course these great finals could not have happened without some great refereeing. There was a team of six involved in the Senior Cup Final in the RDS. Congratulations to Paul Haycock on a fine game and a well-deserved appointment. Paul was assisted by Barry O’Keeffe and David Williams, Barry Armstrong and Jonathon Geoghegan , John Carvill was in the TMO box . For the Junior Cup final Brian MacNeice was in the middle for an enthralling fixture played in difficult conditions.